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Does my name on the birth certificate give me parental rights?

For father's parental rights are incredibly important in Texas. Having these rights allows you to be a part of your child's life and protects you against problems that can arise with the mother. According to the Attorney General, if you are married to the child's mother, then paternity is established at birth due to the marriage. Unfortunately, things are a little more difficult if you are not married because just putting your name on the birth certificate does not establish paternity.

What issues may fathers fighting for parental rights face?

As a Texan father, you have certain parental rights. Unfortunately, these rights might sometimes be called into question, especially if you're in a strained relationship with the mother of your child. Lisa E. McKnight, PC, is here to help you protect your parenting rights even in the face of such hardships.

How can I establish paternity in Texas?

If your child was born in Texas but you were not married to his or her mother at the time of the birth, you have no legal rights to your child nor he or she to you. The Texas Attorney General’s office advises that even when you and the child’s mother are in agreement about your biological fatherhood, Texas does not consider you to be the legal father. In other words, your child has no legal father until such time as you establish your paternity.